About the Space Centre
Te Awamutu Space Centre is an inspiring educational attraction for all ages. Experience the world of space and astronomy through displays and interactive activities. Our centrepiece exhibit is a small but fascinating collection of artifacts from the American and Russian/Soviet space programmes. You'll also find informative displays about the Universe, the history of space exploration and scientific research. Use the interactive screens to see what's in the night sky, tour the Solar System, create your own orbital systems and more.
We also have:
- A small space shop.
- Weather-dependent options such as a solar telescope for safely looking at the Sun.
- Programmes for schools and other groups.
- Guest-speaking services.
Venue & Location
The Space Centre is located on the corner of Lyon St (State Highway 3) and Whitmore St., Kihikihi. This is about 5 km south of Te Awamutu. More details...
The building is approximately 200m2, consisting of one main room and several smaller rooms, and able to accommodate about 60 people. For larger groups we can also use the church next door as an auditorium (we can accommodate up to 100 people altogether).
Toilets: 1 male, 1 female. The female toilet doubles as the disabled toilet.
Parking: Either on the road or on the grass beside the building (see map).
The Space Centre is a privately-funded project run by Dave Owen and his family. It has been a work in progress since around 2009 and has enjoyed steady growth since then. See previous media coverage of the Space Centre.